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Quextal recommends:
The Art of Psychedelic Tech-Funk
mixed by Hedflux

25 July 2011

The fact that this is only the second time I ‘ve gone to the trouble of recommending someone else’s mix on this site, should tell you I don’t do so lightly. Frankly it takes a very special mix to motivate me to the effort of writing a post about it!

But there’s no question that this is just such a mix, and who better to deliver it than someone who repeatedly delivers the goods in both his DJ sets and his outstanding productions: Hedflux. From the first few seconds of the opening track, his own Introversion — which, by the way, he has now kindly offered up as a free download — to the blistering finale, we are taken on a beautifully evolving journey whose variety of sounds and landscapes offers a far greater range of stimulants for body and mind than you (or I) might have thought possible from such an apparently narrow focus on one subgenre.

In the past I’ve tended to find the majority of tech-funk rather dull – it often fails to add sufficient interest, rhythmic melody or groove to its instrumentation to make up for its simplistic beat structure (relative to breaks), earning it the nickname “plodstep” among its detractors. But Hedflux has often produced exceptions to this rule, and this is a mix of the exceptions (his and others’); while I might not personally like every single tune on here, there’s no plodding here, no dull moments, which is really saying something when there’s hardly a broken beat in sight for the whole 80 minutes. This is truly the state of the art.

Hedflux – The Art of Psychedelic Tech-funk (July 2011 Mix) by Hedflux

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Mix: Quexotic Cover for 601
live on NSB 3rd Apr 2011

4 April 2011

I was away for my usual Saturday slot, so stepped in to cover for 601’s show on Sunday instead. A particularly squelchy selection of psybreaks and off-the-hook sickbeats if I say so myself, and showcasing some of the new artists that are giving away awesome tunes for free on Soundcloud at the moment, alongside the best of the current promos and releases…

Bend your legs when lifting this mix – it’s heavy!

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# Artist Title Label
1 Kwah Orbit Station soundcloud [free]
2 Mesmer Bold Beat Scarcity
3 Ways & Means Faint Dusted Breaks [promo]
4 BSD Don’t Do Dat Mental Machine Muzik
5 Projectiles Strange Dream High Grade
6 Blazer Beretta 9mm Divergence
7 Sinewinder & Fuoco Witness [unsigned]
8 Spectral Theory Metre soundcloud [free]
9 Parallax Breakz Unicorn (Xtorsion rx) RUNE [promo]
10 Kwah Proton Perspective soundcloud [free]
11 DBF Going Back (Quextal rx) VIM [promo]
12 Jespa & Bakedbean Khameleon soundcloud [free]
13 Big Mistake Paradigma (Bad Tango rx) Exogenic
14 Bean Wibble Wobble soundcloud [free]
15 Parallax Breakz Phoenix (Blazer rx) RUNE [promo]
16 Re:Creation & Unconscious Mind(s) Inside The Simulation (Broken Eye rx) Psychoactive [promo]
17 Esion Buzzin [Dub Studio Master] [promo]
18 Mood Deluxe Trigger 23 Liquid
19 Unconscious Mind(s) ? [album track 4] [promo]
20 Bad Taste Malaka Funndark
21 Electrux Keep Dancing Held2Ransom [promo]
22 Depeche Mode Peace (BSD rx) [unreleased]

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Artists: BSD, Bad Tango, Bad Taste, Bakedbean, Bean, Big Mistake, Blazer, Broken Eye, DBF, Depeche Mode, Electrux, Esion, Fuoco, Jespa, Kwah, Means, Mesmer, Mood Deluxe, Parallax Breakz, Projectiles, Quextal, Re:Creation, Sinewinder, Spectral Theory, Unconscious Mind(s), Ways, Xtorsion

Labels: Divergence, Dusted Breaks, Exogenic, Funndark, Held2Ransom, High Grade, Liquid, Mental Machine Muzik, Psychoactive, RUNE, Scarcity, VIM, soundcloud

Mix: Quexotic Adventures #002:
live on NSB 5th Dec 2009

8 December 2009

Yes, my new show has a name! Thanks to everyone who sent in their suggestions, there were some great ones, couldn’t decide between them so went for something completely different 😉

This week’s show featured some proper tripped out nuskool and epic progressive breaks of the style that got me hooked on it in the first place about 9 or 10 years ago (though these tunes are more recent!), some pslinkin psexy psybreaks, and for the final half hour, something that I hope to be exploring more in future, some twisting mind-expanding leftfield neurofunk-esque drum’n’bass. Oh yes indeed. Word.

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# Artist Title Label
1 Refracture Eternal (Hypeartist rx) Dusted Breaks promo
2 Rennie Pilgrem Coming Up For Air (JDS rx) TCR
3 Dirty & Acid Malos Habitos iBreaks
4 Diverted Scorch Sokolov Sounds
5 Boom Jinx The Blueberry Bounce Play Recordings
6 Dopamine & Diverted Only One (BLIM rx) Diverted Traffic
7 Pat Foosheen The Unthinkable (Habersham’s Mah Sive mix)
8 BETA Come Again
9 Cuervo Invassion (Take 2) Metamorph Muzik
10 WI:RE Electrical Man VIM promo
11 Rhino Drum Suipacho 220 Choo Choo Ltd
12 Ozgur Can & Rouzbeh Delavari Eternity
13 Orzel’s Machine Construkt Trick Music
14 Boom Jinx Flicker Hunya Munya
15 Cuncic & Malcevic One promo
16 Wardian Volaverun Flextone
17 Fisso & Spark Bangers (Karton rx) Dead Famous promo
18 Skynet Ascension Skynet
19 Optical Millennium Virus
20 Phace Cold Champagne Neosignal
21 Martsman Trueschool Drumkit Wonder Med School
22 Proktah Backfire Have A Break Germany
23 Trisector Structured Light Med School

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Next shows:

  • Tue 15th Dec, 7pm GMT, PsyMusic
  • Sat 19th Dec, 7pm GMT, NSB (first and third Saturday of each month, plus the fifth Saturday in January 🙂 )

Various reminder services are available, but the most reliable one is the Facebook group and page. See you next time 😀

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Watchlist updated; Next week’s show

27 September 2009

The new Watchlist, where I big up the artists and labels who I consider to be at the forefront of the music I love, has been updated. Congratulations to Amb for earning his place (it’s been long-deserved, but I’ve only recently encountered the full extent of his achievements), and to our four new contenders in the Up & Comers section, well worth keeping an eye on.

I’ve been buying really silly amounts of music lately, mainly as a result of mostly eschewing the new releases in favour of digging around for more by artists and labels that I’ve dug before. If you have hours and hours and hours to spare I highly recommend it 🙂

Anyway, it would appear that most of what’s landed in my download folder this week can be filed under tags such as chunky, funky, rolling, pulsing, throbbing and wobbling, which can only mean one thing: It’s time for a QuexTech Special! So on next week’s BrapFM show on Mon 5th Oct from 20:00 UK time I’ll lock the breakbeat away in a lead-lined box and devote the full 2 hours to the 4/4s. Techno, tech-house, tech-trance. All, of course, guided by my core passion for the progressive, the psychedelic, the synaesthetic.

Don’t miss it! Sign up for a reminder!

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Mix: Psylekbreaks

19 April 2009

It’s been far too long since I uploaded a studio mix. Partly this is down to increasing numbers of gigs and radio shows which occupy a large part of my time plying the decks these days. But it’s not as if I haven’t been making studio mixes from time to time, I was just never quite happy enough with them to upload.

Well, time for that to change. If there’s one message I’m receiving loud and clear every time I play out, it’s that there are people out there who are desperate to hear the kind of stuff that I play. Whatever that is! And even if I think a mix is flawed (usually because I think the tune selection could have been better rather than any technical error these days), you’d rather have that, than silence.

So here you are. This mix covers a fairly wide selection from across the spectrum of progressive, psychedelic, tech and electro flavoured breakbeats that float my boat. It’s plainly more of a home or car listening CD than the sort of journey I would construct at a club or festival, but it should take you to some interesting places. Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Espion – MKYF
  2. Starflower – Process the Future
  3. Espion – Petrol Bomb The Fuckers
  4. Meat Katie – Can’t Hear Ya
  5. BSD – Intoxikated Muzik
  6. Future Funk Squad – Sorcerary (Lawgiverz rx)
  7. Marc Adamo – Throttlefunk
  8. Marc Adamo – Krakupz
  9. D-Ranged – Sins of Claire (Lawgiverz rx)
  10. Digital Base – White Lines (Robosapiens rx)
  11. Robosapiens – Robots
  12. C-Vaughn ft Annalyze – Straight Up
  13. C-Vaughn – Waste Away
  14. Vent – Turn The Page
  15. Livin So Fast – HandBreak
  16. MKM & GBX – I Don’t Think So
  17. Myagi – Giorgio Marauder
  18. Espion – Architektur (Liquid Stranger rx)

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Mix: Live on Brap FM 6th April 2009

9 April 2009

Normally my mixes are all beatmatched to perfection (!) so tend to either hang around the same BPM or gradually accelerate from say 128 to 145. But with this month’s show I wanted to push back the boundaries, playing a more twisted style of electro-psy-breaks including some much slower and faster than the normal range.

I’d been on a massive acquisition binge with freshly burned CDs containing 60 new tunes, with only space for about 25 in a 2-hour show, so the selection is nice and varied… but the transitions and the overall shape of the journey could perhaps have done with more planning. I definitely need to figure out some more tricks to blend between wildly different BPMs.

Anyway, it didn’t seem to matter at the time, the promise of sick and twisted beats drew in a record-equalling number of listeners and an all-time record number of chatters compared to any of my previous Brap show’s, and you all loved it didn’t you, you dirty dirty people 😉

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  1. Tipper – Flat Ripple
  2. Tipper – Swamp Thing
  3. EPROM – 64 Bytes (Vibesquad rx)
  4. Tipper – A Touch of the Vapours
  5. Smacs & Patrick Kong – Offside
  6. Dylan Rhymes ft Pablo Decoder – I Am Sweet (Tom Real rx)
  7. Steve Mac – Roller Coaster (Adam Shaw rx)
  8. Tom Cosm – Naughty Chicken
  9. Antix – Circade (Tom Cosm rx)
  10. Espion – Architektur (Liquid Stranger rx)
  11. Espion – Architektur (original)
  12. Future Funk Squad – Sorcerary (Lawgiverz rx)
  13. Robosapiens – Robots
  14. Marc Adamo – Throttlefunk
  15. Cybass – Wind It Back (Afghan Headspin rx)
  16. Koma & Bones – High Rollin
  17. D-Ranged – Sins of Claire (Lawgiverz rx)
  18. The Phat Riderz – Organic Neurosis
  19. Meat Katie – Can’t Hear Ya
  20. Cursor Miner – This Is Electro
  21. Tom Cosm – Heebie Jeebies
  22. Vent – Turn The Page
  23. Son of the Electric Ghost – Concept of Nature (Lawgiverz Convict of Nature rx)
  24. Espion – Petrol Bomb The Fuckers (Point B rx)
  25. Marc Adamo – Krakupz

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Big love to Espion, Jamie Robosapiens and Greg VIM for the promos. Any other producers/labels want to put me on your lists in return for honest feedback, and airplay – if I like ’em! (unless you’d prefer not in which case just say!), the address to use is 8) Got radio shows and gigs coming up next week so get on it 😉

Next radio show (to be confirmed) B2B with Ali Rutt, NSB, Mon 13th Apr, 7-9pm BST
Next gig: That Night @ Ad Hoc, High St, Southampton UK Sat 18th Apr

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